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| December 19, 2012

Stow Lions Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale
We are back at our usual spot in the Shopping Plaza at 115 Great Road (Route 117) Stow.  And as always, we have a wide variety of sizes and shapes on hand. This year the cost for a (6’ to 8’) Balsam Fir tree is $40.00, and a 6’ Fraser Fir tree is $45.00.   We have larger trees too, these trees range in size from 10’ to 12’.

The tree stand hours on the weekends are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.  And during the week, Monday thru Friday evenings, we are open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Need more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at stowlions@gmail.com or visit our web site www.stowlions.org 

Knitting Group at Randall Library
Calling all knitters, past, present, and just beginning!  Join other Stow knitters twice a month for an hour of stitching and sharing.  We meet downstairs at the Randall Library from 7:00-8:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Date for this month are Wednesday, December 19. Can’t make the meeting but want to stay connected?  Join our online community at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stowknitters  and never miss a thing!  Want more information or have questions?  Contact Cara Schomp at (978)897-5507.

Upcoming Events at Randall Library
Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10:30-11:30am at the Randall Library in Stow-Preschool Music Time with the Franklin School. The local performing arts school, The Franklin School of Hudson  (http://fspaonline.com/) will have teachers at the Randall Library to teach pre-school age children the joy of moving to and learning to read with music. Come join the fun at that event, and learn more about how music and movement can be a positive influence when reading with pre-school age children. Representatives from the Franklin school will be available for future sessions at the Randall Library so watch the library calendar!

Early Literacy Workshops for Pre-schoolers, Every 2nd Friday of the month at the Randall Library in Stow, 10:30am- Next Meeting January 11th, 2012 Cynthia Maxfield, the Early Childhood Coordinator of the Nashoba Community Partnership for Children will be at the Randall Library to present to children and parents fun activities and games to promote early literacy skills in pre-school aged children.

Wednesdays @ 12:00pm and every 2nd Friday at the Randall Library, @ 10:30am-SAPN Meeting At the Randall Library in Stow-The Randall Library is proud to offer a room upstairs to the SAPN (Stow Area Parents Network) for this meeting. Focused for caregivers of infants, this get- together is for caregivers to meet and get to know others with infants in the area to swap stories and hang out and play!

Reading with the Reading Dogs! Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm at the Randall Library in Stow- Come to the Randall Library and enjoy some quality time reading to Emma, Logan or Herbie the Randall Library reading dogs! This is a great opportunity for children to experience the fun and rewards of reading to a “non-judgmental audience” and practicing their reading with the comfort of a warm, furry friend to listen to them. Sign up in advance is required and the sign-up sheets are at the circulation desk in the library.

Free “Fit Camp” Fitness Classes
*Free* Class 6:10-7am Friday December 21st @ Hale Middle School; Stow Center. Run, Jump, and Lunge your way through a fun, challenging, athletic workout. Beat the Holiday Bulge and Give your New Years Resolution a Run for its Money. Class takers get weekly emails with motivational wellness and health tips along with home workout videos to keep you on track. Please contact June Melia, Fitness Expert; MS Athletic Training atjunemelia@yahoo.com to reserve your space.
Christmas Tree Home Pickup Service
Another Holiday season is at hand and Stow’s Boy Scout Troop 1 is again scheduling home Christmas tree pickups following the holidays for residents of Stow. The scouts would like to make tree disposal convenient for you. Tree pickup can be scheduled by sending an email to treepickup@troop1stow.net. Christmas tree pickup is $10 per tree and checks made payable to Troop 1 Stow can be mailed to Troop 1 Stow, PO Box 75, Stow, MA 01775.  Or, go online to www.troop1stow.net and order with a credit card.

Please make your reservation by January 2nd. Trees will be picked up at the end of your driveway January 18, 19, & 20. We request trees be at the end of your driveway by 6PM on January 18.    The scouts will appreciate your order. The proceeds will help Stow continue one of its finest youth programs and its ongoing monetary needs to support equipment purchases, camping trips and the many activities the troop engages in.

Winter Coat Drive
Time to clean out your closets!  Please donate your gently used winter coats to Coats for Kids. “Anyone who needs a coat will have one” is the mission of Anton’s Cleaners’ 18th annual Coats for Kids drive.  Coats are needed for all ages: children, teens, adults, and babies.  Our Girl Scout Troop is currently running a Coats for Kids drive through Monday, January 7, 2013.  Collection boxes are located at Center School, Hale Middle School, Randall Library, and Global Fitness in Stow.  For more information, please contact us atTroop72526@gmail.com.

Center School Tour
Did you catch a glimpse of the new Center School on Election Day and want to see more?!  Join us after the holidays are past for a informative tour (and coffee) on Saturday, January 26 from 10am to noon — two tours, starting at 10 and 11am.  Hosted by Kevin LaCoste, Principal, and Ellen Sturgis, Co-Chair of the ESBC.  For more information, 978-897-6831 or e.sturgis@gmail.com.
~ OUT OF STOW ~
Training for Naturalist Educators at Assabet River NWR
Four Saturdays, Four Seasons, Four Themes. Saturdays on January 12, April 20, June 29 & November TBA at 9am-3pm. You will get a solid training at being a Naturalist Guide. This hands-on training program is suitable for teachers and adults working with children and will give you: Skills and methods to teach outdoor natural history to children 4- 12 years of age; Cover four seasonal topics with a different theme loaded with materials and ideas; Will give you further opportunities to design and conduct programs at the Assabet River NWR to add to your current experience. $35 per person per class, $120 if you register for all four. (Friends of Assabet River NWR Members:  $25 per person per class, $90 if you register for all 4 sessions). To Register: Contact Kizette at Kizette_OrtizVanger@fws.gov or call 978-562-3527 x117 for questions and full descriptions of program material. Group size is limited therefore registration is required.

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